Who said what after the NRC Final

rugby.com.au: After Brisbane City’s second NRC title, secured with their 21-10 defeat of Canberra at Ballymore, I spoke to the key figures from both sides..

The Brisbane City celebrations began soon after their second consecutive title win. Image: QRU/Sportography

The Brisbane City celebrations began soon after their second consecutive title win. Image: QRU/Sportography

#NRC2015: Uni of Canberra Vikings flyhalf Christian Lealiifano is ready for rewards

Christian Lealiifano was amazingly candid when we discussed his goal-kicking this week. Image: Brumbies Media

Christian Lealiifano was amazingly candid when we discussed his goal-kicking this week. Image: Brumbies Media

rugby.com.au: Playing behind one of, if not the most dominant forward pack in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship in 2015, University of Canberra Vikings flyhalf Christian Lealiifano thinks he’s got it easy at the moment.

After a win earlier this season, Lealiifano jokingly told me he just lets his very impressive forwards do their job and rumble forward, and then gets the yellow Gilbert in the attacking zone and plays wide.

“I remember that,” Lealiifano laughed, when I brought it up again this week, as part of a really open and honest chat in the build-up to the National Rugby Championship decider at Ballymore on Saturday.

The Vikings will take on the undefeated Brisbane City side from 3:00pm local time…

Wallabies survive the Dublin fallout and the Murrayfield sludge

Wallabies outside centre Christia Lealiifano is tackled against Scotland at Murrayfield. I suspect he'll end up back at inside centre against Wales in Cardiff. Image via Wallabies Facebook

Wallabies outside centre Christian Lealiifano is tackled against Scotland at Murrayfield. I suspect he’ll end up back at inside centre against Wales in Cardiff. Image via Wallabies Facebook

The Roar: They’ll maintain that it wasn’t, but there can be little doubt that the escapades of the Dublin First XV were a major distraction that clearly affected the Wallabies’ preparations in Edinburgh.

The evident lack of midfield cohesion, and a return of the same second phase defensive realignment issues that plagued the side during The Rugby Championship all point to a less than ideal build-up to the Scotland match, and indeed, to the cobbled-together nature of the matchday squad.

The records will show that the Wallabies have recorded their first win over Scotland since 2006, 21-15 and two tries to nil, but it’s hard to imagine that the squad will be much more than ‘happy to get the win’.

You can read the rest of this train of thought over on The Roar today, where I also look at some likely changes for the Test against Wales this coming weekend, and offer my two cents on the state of the ground surfaces in the north this month.

Radio Australia: new look Wallabies to face Scotland

Wallabies - Lealiifano kicks

Christian Lealiifano comes back into the Wallabies side to face Scotland in Edinburgh, in the unfamiliar outside centre position. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Radio Australia: To the mirth of many, including our respective wives, even Radio Australia now are confusing Ryan O’Connell and myself.

Breakfast host Phil Kafcaloudes inadvertently said “Brett” during Ryan’s Rugby League World Cup spot before 9am this morning, and after getting the tip-off, I made mention of this during my Wallabies spot just before 10am. “You’re like twins, you guys,” Phil explained.

It’s worrying on so many fronts.

Regardless, you can hear said confusion, along with my thoughts on the Wallabies new-look suspension-forced backline to face Scotland here, with thanks again to the ABC.